Do you constantly worry about harming others, contamination, "bad thoughts," things being "just so," and/or uncertainty?
Do these worries make you feel like you must excessively wash, recheck things, pray to "undo" the "bad thoughts," or perform other compulsions?
Are these things distressing and effecting your life too much?
If you answer yes, it may mean that you have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). I can quickly assess and provide effective Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) treatment.
OCD is a chronic condition that rarely totally goes away on its own. The good news is that effective Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy treatments (CBT) are available. Decades of research shows THE most effective treatment is called Exposure/Response Prevention (ERP). This frequently sounds impossible to someone who has OCD. A trained and experienced therapist can help find a starting place to show that it actually IS doable.
Due to lack of trained OCD therapists, especially in rural areas, I'm making myself available to offer HIPPA compliant video conferencing services for those living in Ohio. If interested in telemental health, online services, please email me with your insurance and availability to get the ball rolling.
A GREAT new book was just released Overcoming Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts: A CBT-Based Guide to Getting Over Frightening, Obsessive, or Disturbing Thoughts by Sally Winston & Martin Seif. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! Another excellent book for some is Strivings Within - The OCD Christian: Overcoming Doubt in the Storm of Anxiety by Mitzi VanCleve.
I will do a presentation on ADHD and BFRBs at the National TLC for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors Conference in St. Louis. I will also facilitate a men's group. It will be from 4/21-23/17. Details at www.bfrb.org
The OCD Center of Los Angeles has posted a screening test for people who have intrusive thoughts, sometimes known as "Pure O." If you find yourself answering a number of these items, I routinely treat people with this condition. http://ocdla.com/pure-obsessional-ocd-test
An Adult Support Group for Trichotillomania and Dermatillomania (Hair pulling and Skin Picking) has formed. Their nextt meeting is scheduled for Monday 2/19/17 at the Rocky River Starbucks, 19555 Detroit Rd at 8 PM. For more information and to RSVP, go to Meetup.com http://bit.ly/2atzLgv
The Annual OCD Conference in Chicago in July was an excellent educational and networking experience. I was surprised that at a social event, I was sitting at the table of Jon Hershfield. He is a humble and nice guy, as well as a terrific author. Handouts for many of the sessions can be downloaded at www.ocd2016.org/handouts
A MUST checkout is www.theocdstories.com Stuart has interviewed over forty folks recovering from OCD and a few leading therapists. He keeps knocking it out of the park! Check him out.
Reid Wilson, PhD has recently published a book called Stopping the Noise in Your Head. The new way to stop anxiety and worry. More recently, he developed six brief (4 to 5 minutes), FREE videos where an actress plays an anxious woman with a man plays "anxiety.." While the videos The videos are not specific to OCD, most will identify with what is presented and the ideas are applicable to OCD and are at www.noiseinyourhead.com
The OCD Support Group has changed from meeting at the Ridge Park Square Starbucks to the Rocky River Starbucks. More info can be found at www.meetup.com.
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Call for an appointment today (216.520.5969) to begin your recovery from OCD! Email me if you would like further information. Regardless of your previous experiences, OCD IS TREATABLE